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♪ ♪ for a growing number of athletes, the old 5-k not challenging enough these days, instead they're taking part in extreme parts. >> but many weekend warriors don't realize the risks. abc's ryan smith has the story.
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>> reporter: it's called tough mudder, a competition with 35 events a year, and thousands of runners at each event, subjecting them to an obstacle course several miles long that includes freezing water, electric shock and plenty of mud. the mother of a 28-year-old filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the company including a corporate sponsor arguing that tough mudder "acting with gross negligence and with indifference to the safety of participants." and had "improper staffing next to the pool of muddy water." in april of 2013, he died after participating in a tough mudder event in west virginia. after jumping from an obstacle called walk the plank. you can see him jump into the water and others jump after him. but sangupta never emerged. >> he was under water for between 8 and 11 minutes and by that time, the trauma that had been done to him under water was too severe.
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>> reporter: is there real danger in these extreme obstacle sports? some experts say absolutely. >> you can't prepare for many of the obstacles. that lack of training makes you more vulnerable. >> reporter: tough mudder and general mills declined to comment but in a statement tough mudder said the event "was staffed with more than 75 als, emt, paramedics, water rescue technicians and emergency personnel and he was the first fatality in the three-year history of the company." ryan smith, abc news, new york. >> i want to hear more about the electro shock thing. what in the world was that? you get shocked while you're doing all that? it's not hard enough? >> why do people do this? the cdc says that these types of competitions take place in farmland, so you're exposed to fecally contaminated water. they call that slurry. potentially serious diseases can result if you ingest it. >> i think maybe the treadmill is the way to go. >> with your ipod.
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huh? >> exactly. coming, bikini baristas. >> oh, the steamy place where coffee isn't the only hot thing on the menu. and ahead, don't try this at home. why an actress says clay is one of the best
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♪ black coffee with cream or sugar? there's one place where you can get a side of eye candy with your morning joe. >> this is a real eye opener. there's some hot competition for coffee sales. so one coffee stand is giving customers a little extra. here's neal karlinsky. >> reporter: in spokane, washington, there's two kinds of coffee.
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hot and, well -- >> hi. >> reporter: choose your cliches. this is where soft porn means soy lattes. what are you selling here exactly? >> coffee. >> reporter: just coffee? >> with coffee with a pretty smile and some booby action. >> reporter: talking with a baristas with only pasties may seem weird until you realize this is the land of the so-called bikini barista. >> you have to be outgoing for this kind of thing. you can't be shy. >> thank you guys for coming. >> reporter: to say not everyone is thrilled with the idea is an understatement. >> it's good to tell people look, you can't just avoid it. that sounds really nice in theory, but you can't just drive down other streets. these are all of the major streets in spokane. >> reporter: meet these two, trying to change spokane's indecent exposure laws to force the baristas to get dressed.
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>> we feel really strongly about the issue. anything that has to do with our children and protecting what they're exposed to. >> reporter: outside seattle, the mom's worst fears came true when undercover police sting revealed women bearing all for extra cash. similar activity that stands in the area led to a new law just this year, restricting the use of pasties and tape instead of bikinis. >> this is our city and we should have the right to choose what we will or will not allow. >> reporter: the moms say they're determined to force a crackdown to make the knowing exposure of designated body parts unlawful. when similar complaints bottled over in oregon, the boss there voluntarily backed down. >> i've done this without effort to reduce tension without
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restructuring my entire business plan. just according to a small group's belief on morality. >> reporter: meanwhile, there's a new front. make that chest in this campaign. >> welcome to hot cup of joe. >> reporter: former male stripper chris mullins opened the first topless men's coffee stand. >> obviously we're not going to show off anything nude. everybody would be raising a stink about bikini stands. i was like, well, being i was a stripper at one point, this would be fun. >> reporter: forget about what tastes better. tonight the coffee war being fought is over what's tasteful. i'm neal karlinsky for "nightline" in spokane, washington. >> can't make this stuff up. >> oh, my goodness. >> i swear, it's about the coffee. yeah, i don't care --
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and now it's time for "the mix." this may be the most creative use that every child would want to have. a man turns a giant water slide on a busy street in england. it's pretty impressive. it's like slip and slide. he decides it's an initiative called makeshift special. he had so many people interested in doing this, over 1,000 applicants who were so interested that not everybody could do it. look at it. >> did you get a slip and slide for your kids yet? >> i have not. i think it's a little too dangerous. >> i i tried it at an age but i'm thought going to say. it's a little scary doing a belly flop on the grass when you get to be 35.
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>> maybe i'll tell them to start when they're 35. this is such a great sort of zeitgeist story. this man wants to meet all his facebook friends, 377. he's on a mission to meet them in real life. some of them he knows, some of them he lost touch with, some he vaguely knew and some of them he doesn't know at all. he is going to make a mission of meeting these 377 facebook friends. this is 35-year-old mike mclaughlin, an army vet. this could be a great story. >> a good documentary. you're right. >> absolutely. i don't know why we didn't think of this. he started on the 1st and rented a vw beetle and is on his way. >> love to see that. so game of thrones, the theme song, you have to listen to this. it's a man who plays the song with wine glasses, pots and pans. take a listen. ♪ >> isn't that incredible? it was covered by the new york philharmonic orchestra.
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it is a cat, yes, a cat. it's become a huge youtube sensation. kind of cool, huh? >> has some talent. definitely good. here's a little proof that you don't need words necessarily to communicate. that some things just transcend language and culture. rock, paper, and scissors. >> look at that. >> the game has the potential to bring total strangers together. this is what happened for two unlikely friends in japan. it is posted on youtube, it is going viral. you don't need words to always connect. a man posted this on youtube with the following description, rock, paper, scissors with a young japanese girl on a train between tokyo and osaka. >> she's adorable. look at her. >> i suppose she's american. having a good ole time. maybe this would work in diplomacy when it gets bad.
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this morning on "world news now," nigeria's nightmare. new inside information about the kidnapped girls, who's offering a big reward and who's demanding action. running for cover. the gunfire and close calls in ukraine. the turmoil and violence as russia pushes for peace. tough talk. veteran actress valerie harper takes her fight for life to capitol hill. her big demands as she fights cancer. and michelle obama, her appearance last night on the hit abc show "nashville." her star power and special message that's in "the skinny" on this thursday, may 8. >> announcer: from abc news, this is "world news now." >> good morning. i'm reena ninan in for diana perez. >> i'm john muller. good to have you here, reena.
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>> nice to be here. >> always a pleasure. let's begin with that mounting international pressure on the government of nigeria to find those kidnapped girls. >> there's growing anger that the government did not do enough to protect its citizens. with more, here's abc's devin dwyer. >> reporter: at the scene of the mass kidnapping, overwhelming grief. families of some of the nearly 300 missing nigerian girls returned to the school where their daughters were taken three weeks ago. with their desperation, mounting anger. one parent spoke to abc. >> reporter: do you think that your government is doing everything that can be done? >> no, we don't think so. >> reporter: police offered a $300,000 reward for leads on the girl's location. but the challenge for nigeria's security forces is enormous. the area where it's thought the girls were taken is rugged and vast. more than six times the size of yellowstone national park. >> i think the one thing that's almost certain is that the young
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girls are no longer together. they almost certainly are disbursed in small groups or even individuals. >> reporter: american help with the search is on the way. the u.s. sending a team on experts on hostage negotiations communications and intelligence. meanwhile, high profile figures around the world are ratcheting up pressure on nigeria's government. former secretary of state hillary clinton weighed in. >> it's criminal. it's an act of terrorism. and it really merits the fullest response possible. first and foremost from the government of nigeria. >> reporter: first lady michelle obama added her voice to demands for urgent action saying it's time to bring back our girls. the islamic militants behind the kidnapping continue their reign of violence in nigeria. gunman affiliated with boko haram opened fire in a market place, killing hundreds of
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people. devin dwyer, abc news, los angeles. >> despite our efforts to send people over there, the pentagon has no plans to do any military efforts to help nigeria in this case. >> in fact, a pentagon spokesperson saying fewer than ten troops are being sent to help with intelligence and communications. there are already about 90 american military personnel in nigeria, including marines assigned to the embassy. what's so hard, you are at the mercy of these governments. if suddenly the nigerian government decides they don't want the help, that's it. >> but they're saying they want it. clearly there is a lot of pressure on the nigerian government to take care of business now and in the future to have more security to prevent these things from happening in the first place. in colorado, an extreme weather whiplash fueled by a heat wave colliding with a cold front. this played out in the eastern plains. the national weather service says at least two tornadoes,
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possibly three, touched down northeast of denver. there were no reports of damage or injuries. and in other parts of colorado hit with golf ball size hail driven by wind gusts up to 70 miles and piling on the ground up to three inches deep. parts of kansas, texas and minnesota saw hail the size of baseballs. and that line of weather is being blamed for a train derailment in kansas, some 30 cars knocked off the tracks by winds up to 90 miles per hour. fire officials say luckily the cars weren't carrying any chemicals. now here's a look at today's weather. the northeast will see scattered rain showers. more severe weather for much of the midwest. high winds, heavy rains and even tornadoes. from the great lakes to the gulf of mexico, rain and mountain snow will fall across wyoming down into new mexico. rain for the pacific northwest. >> temperatures warming up as 2/3 of the nation in the 70s and 80s. but it is still chilly in the northern plains. mild on the west coast. president obama has visited the arkansas community hard hit by a powerful tornado more than a week ago. mr. obama walked through a neighborhood in vilonia.
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that's a small city about 30 miles north of little rock. 15 people were killed across the state. hundreds of homes were destroyed. and the president traveled to los angeles where he was honored by the foundation there. a star-studded dinner. steven spielberg presented the president an award for his support of holocaust victims. that foundation records interviews with those who survived the holocaust and other genocides. the head of syria's opposition movement is in washington today telling "the new york times" he intends to ask president obama's administration for anti-aircraft missiles. this comes as hundreds of exhausted syrian rebels withdrew from their last remaining strongholds in the heart of homes, surrendering to president bashir assad. russian president putin is softening his tone on ukraine. but there's no sign his words are bringing change on the ground. muhammad leila shows us that and in some places the growing chaos. >> reporter: the crowd was angry.
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pro-russian mobs staring down these men in black. ukrainian troops guarding a prison. >> they holding them over there. >> reporter: inside, innocent detainees this woman tells us. suddenly, chaos. the angry crowd storms the gate. the ukrainian troops open fire. [ gunfire ] unarmed bystanders run for cover. others crawl for safety. we're right here in a safe [ gunshot ] position where we can monitor. as we zoom in with our camera, what you don't see is a sniper to the side aiming his rifle right at us. this is what happens next. [ gunshot ] the terrifying moment caught on camera. the shot going just above our heads. in the end, the ukrainian troops rescue their comrades and then leave. when vladamir putin says he wants peace, there's only fear and fights like this one on the ground as this country slowly tears itself apart. muhammad leila, abc news, eastern ukraine.
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>> our thanks to muhammad. in washington, the house has voted for a former irs officer in contempt, lois lerner took the fifth on how the irs targeted tea party groups. she has since retired from the irs. federal agents are continuing their crackdown on the synthetic drug market. agents fanned out across 30 states yesterday arresting 150 people, serving 200 warrants and seizing more than $20 million. profits from the sale of the synthetic drugs like spice and mali have been tracked to the middle east. the d.e.a. is worried that the money is funding terrorist groups. >> when one smoke shop, one drug shop in alabama can send $30 to $40 million to yemen, that gives us a great deal of concern. >> yesterday, it was the second
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phase of a national crackdown, the largest single operation was a statewide effort in alabama. lawmakers in colorado have approved the nation's first-ever marijuana banking system. pot has long been a cash-only business. growers and sellers routinely rejected by banks. now state lawmakers have approved banking co-ops to give growers and sellers a safe place to park their crash. and will help the state better track sales and collect taxes. in our health headlines this morning, a brew or two may actually help women avoid rheumatoid arthritis. this is a new study by harvard. it suggests two to four beers a week can cut women's odds for the disease by 31%. the study tracked more than 200,000 women who drank for nearly 30 years over that period. the authors say they can't explain how and why beer would reduce the arthritis risk. interesting. tip back a brew every now and then? >> not a big fan. >> you have arthritis? >> no.
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>> good. >> possibly at some point. >> there you go. >> it was like the wild wild west yesterday in sacramento, california. that's because a cow was on the loose. you see it there, running around and stirring up trouble. >> a guy on an atv couldn't stop the belligerent bovine, so they went traditional. >> who better to control a cow than a cowboy on horseback with a real lasso. he did what cowboys do best. they got in the trailer, that was that. >> that's awesome. just send in the cowboy, right? >> it's the real deal. real-life cowboy. >> old school on that one. the animal was on the loose for more than four hours. >> four hours. could be dangerous. >> i'm sure he had some fun. fortunately no one was hurt. coming up in "the skinny," kim kardashian is not all that shy when it comes to revealing her wedding plans. and later, a dirty diet secret from an actress. would you consume clay to look and make you feel better?
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♪ ♪ actress valerie harper is a fighter. first she took on hollywood and achieved amazing success. then she tackled cancer.
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>> now she's taking on congress. harper appeared on capitol hill to argue for more research into lung cancer. jim avila has the story. >> reporter: the senate headliner, valerie harper, tv's "rhoda" and to a younger generation, a brave cancer survivor on "dancing with the stars." that fighting spirit on display, harper delivering the hard facts about the lung cancer she suffers from. >> lung cancer is the number one cancer killer in the united states among both women and men. >> reporter: in fact, an estimated 160,000 americans will die from lung cancer this year. more than prostate, breast and colon cancers combined. and while nearly 90% of breast and prostate cancer victims survive, lung cancer victims have only a 17% survival rate. still, lung cancer research is woefully underfunded. the u.s. now spending three
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times the research dollars on breast cancer than it does on cancer of the lung. >> wait a minute, this is the biggest killer and it has the least funding. >> reporter: harper says it's the social stigma of smoking that hinders progress in defeating lung cancer. but the other hard fact is that 15% of those diagnosed with lung cancer never smoked. >> i never smoked, my mother never smoked, she had the same kind of cancer. >> reporter: cancer has spread to her brain and harper was given three to six months to live nearly a year and a half ago. now every day is a gift, fighting for lung cancer funding and she says refusing to go to her funeral until she dies. jim avila, abc news, capitol hill. >> i love that line. refusing to go to her funeral. >> unbelievable. amazing, strong woman. >> she takes regular medication, that her husband makes sure that she takes. she does some acupuncture. she also does body scans twice a year just to have things checked out. because cancer can just spread. >> she just stays engaged.
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>> she stays engaged. i love that line, refuses to -- >> her 75th birthday is in august and she's determined to make it to that milestone. >> i think she looks terrific. >> she is terrific. up next, michelle obama makes an appearance on a popular tv show with a very important message. and sister christina, the italian version of "the voice" hits another high note. "the skinny" is up next. "the skinny" is up next. vo
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♪ skinny, so skinny ♪ topping our "skinny" headlines this morning, a first for the first lady. >> michelle obama took a detour from the washington beltway to the hollywood freeway, without apparently ever leaving the white house. the first lady appeared as herself on abc's hit show "nashville" on a jumbo tron during a benefit concert for veterans. >> thank you so much rena and luke. and thank you for including me today. on behalf of myself and my husband, i want to extend our deepest gratitude to all the servicemen and women watching at ft. campbell and around the world and to your families who share in your sacrifice. >> the show's creator says that mrs. obama jumped at the chance to send her message to veterans and their families to primetime television. and added working with the first lady was a memorable experience. good for her. >> there was a cause. that's the reason she did it.
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new tidbits on one of the most talked about upcoming weddings of the year. >> we're learning more about kim kardashian and kanye west's plan to tie the knot in a close, end mat ceremony. attended only by their closest friends and family. sources saying that stepdad bruce jenner will give the bride away and that the top secret nuptials will take place somewhere in france. >> she shot down rumors that the wedding will be filmed on "keeping up with the kardashians." she tweeted that privacy was their main priority. we shall see. >> oh, come on. >> i'm with you on that one. i think we're going to see plenty of that wedding sooner or later. >> i agree. the stork has made a couple of high profile visits. bruce willis and his wife emma have welcomed their second little child. >> the couple already has a 2-year-old daughter and of course, willis has three
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children with his ex-wife demi moore. >> congrats to them. check out this birth announcement, the caption reads welcome, jackson wyatt, 7 pounds, 11 ounces, 5-7-14. >> cavilari and bears quarterback jay cutler have a 19-month-old at home. oh, my goodness. sleepless nights. congratulations to those parents. >> diana knows all about that. >> i was just saying, two. >> yes. sister christina has done it again. the roman catholic nun who was tearing it up on the italian version of "the voice" turned in another stellar performance. >> this time she sang "bathed in a heavenly glow" and then she
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sang "what a feeling" the song from "flashdance." you see her there, surrounded by dancer, who were dressed as monks but kicked it up a few notches. ♪ >> i love it. that's too awesome. >> it's real. sister christina keeps advancing. her first appearance on the show has been viewed on youtube nearly 50 million times. >> she's got to win. i'm rooting for her. >> she's got to be in the finals. that's for sure. let's move on to oprah. she's 60 and urging fans to embrace their age. >> her call to age brilliantly comes in the new "o" magazine featuring oprah. the cover looking great in a full-length red gown and heels. >> on the back cover is oprah from behind with the line, no looking back. she says, quote, if you're blessed enough to grow older, there's so much wisdom to be gained from the process, vigor and grace. >> amen. >> good to remember. time to see which celebs are celebrating their birthdays. don rickles is 88 years old. >> and alex van halen is 61.
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>> melissa gilbert is 50 today. >> and ricky is 39. happy birthday. and so dll, an identity thief who stole mary's identity, took over her bank accounts, and stole her hard-earned money. unfortunately, millions of americans just like you learn all it may take is a little misplaced information to wreak havoc on your life. this is identity theft. and no one helps stop it better than lifelock. lifelock offers the most comprehensive identity theft protection available. if mary had lifelock's bank account alerts, she may have been notified before it was too late. lifelock's credit notification service is on the job 24/7. as soon as they detect a threat to your identity within their network, they will alert you, protecting you before the damage is done. lifelock has the most comprehensive identity theft protection available, guarding your social security number, your money,
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air wick. the craft of fragrance. ♪ hey, hey, good looking ♪ so what shanely woodly has cooking is something very different than what's usually on my dinner table. clay. that's right. clay. >> clay. she claims it's the key to good health. abc's juju chang explains. >> it's real. >> reporter: shanely woodly is enjoying a career high, playing a fierce and feisty action hero who is considered divergent for being an independent thinker. so perhaps it's fitting that she's making waves for revealing what she claims is her secret to staying healthy. >> you eat clay? >> i do eat clay, yeah. >> reporter: admitting to david
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letterman a truly all natural approach to her diet. >> clay binds to other material in your body and helps your body excrete those materials. that are not necessarily the best for you. >> reporter: but even she jokes about how up conventional the idea seems. >> i make my toothpaste out of it. so i get my clay when -- >> so you brush your teeth with clay. >> yes. >> now that's not a problem. >> reporter: it's not unheard of. eating clay is a tradition practiced all over the world and some doctors say consuming it in moderation may help with digestive issues and anemia. >> it's called geophasia. pregnant women in africa will frequently eat clay both to soothe their stomach as well as to get nutrients. >> reporter: this isn't something you dig up in your backyards. many companies specialize in creating a safe and edible product. but some medical professionals worry about the potential harm to the body. >> even if it's been processed to be acceptable, it is still
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clay. it is still dirt from the ground. can you consistently ensure that the safety is there? >> reporter: but woodly isn't the only one giving the delicacy a try. this housewife karen atkins started incooperating clay into her diet years ago. >> i had the same reaction a lot of other people did, this looks a lot like dirt. >> reporter: just two of many who are taking the concept of eating organic to new ground, using something that's right beneath our feet. >> so i'm kind of embarrassed to say i would try it. >> you would try it? >> i would totally try it. >> when we do stories about the man who is 110 years old, what is their secret to a long life, none ever say drinking clay. you know what i'm saying? i think we do fine without it. i would brush my teeth with it, i suppose. >> what about clay vitamins? >> maybe a little dash of clay in my coffee. >> clay and creamer. >> why not. >> announcer: this is abc's
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good morning. i'm reena ninan in for diana perez. >> i'm john muller. here are some of the top headlines we're following this morning on "world news now." wild weather strikes parts of colorado. two, possibly three tornadoes touched down northeast of denver. wind gusts of 70 miles per hour, golf ball size hail accumulating up to three inches on the ground. full coverage straight ahead. authorities in tampa are now investigating the fire of a mansion owned by tennis pro james blake. as an arson and murder. four bodies were found in the charred remains. two victims had upper body injuries. russian president putin appears to be softening his stance on ukraine, saying he's pulled troops back from the border, but the u.s. and nato say they don't see any evidence of a pullback so far. a new study out of harvard tracking hundreds of thousands of women suggests three to four beers a week could cut the risk of rheumatoid arthritis by
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nearly 31%. those are some of our top stories on this thursday, may 8. >> announcer: from abc news, this is "world news now." >> good thursday morning, everybody. reena, good to have you. >> nice to be here, john. >> always a pleasure. we begin with wild weather in the nation's heartland. >> an early heat wave collided with a cold front triggering powerful storms. spawning tornadoes, baseball sized hail and wind gusts approaching 90 miles an hour. that derailed this train north of wichita, kansas. he's watching it a >> reporter: there are twisters in colorado. this tornado one of several. it touched down near the small town of akron. there are no reports of injuries or damage. golf ball sized hail is pounding texas and kansas. spring is turning severe with heat sizzling the south. temperatures as much as 20 degrees above normal.
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concordia, kansas hit 96 degrees, breaking a record set 127 years ago. snow was falling in wichita, kansas as late as april 14. but 20 days later, the city recorded its earliest 100 degree day ever. wichita falls, texas, is so desperate for water, they've hired a plane for cloud seeding, pumping chemicals into the clouds to help it rain. >> where you see this dirt, that would all be water. >> reporter: the heat wave follows powerful tornadoes that pummelled southern states. the chaos captured in new video from tupelo, mississippi, thrashing this preschool playground. the president toured damage in vilonia, arkansas.
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>> we're going to support you every step of the way. >> reporter: as for the heat waves, they are exactly what climate scientists have predicted. add severe drought and that's a recipe for super charged threat for wildfires. fire weather warnings are out across seven states. >> we're looking at a very hot and dry summer and it's going to put our resources to test. >> reporter: eight military firefighting planes, including these from the north carolina and wyoming air national guard, are now ready to back up a shrinking civilian tanker fleet. the c-130s spit out 3,000 gallons in just five seconds. >> it does give them the capability to slow down the advance of the fire and get it under control. >> reporter: as the climate continues getting hotter, by mid century, people who live in regions like this, the southern rockies, could see wildfire activity double. clayton sandell, abc >> scary stuff. talk about high winds from texas to kansas over the last 24
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hours. there have been wind gusts recorded at 80 miles per hour and above. >> and the bull's-eye for this is really the twin cities in des moines. guess how much you have to outrun a tornado? >> fascinating stat. i saw that, too. tell us. >> in excess of 70 miles. >> so if see the tornado and it's close, you have to go 75 miles per hour to pull away from it. >> i didn't know that. >> i didn't either. like trying to outrun a bear. not a good idea. now here's a look at today's weather. the extreme weather will continue across a wide swath of the midwest. from the great lakes to the gulf coast. high winds, hail and tornadoes are possible. scattered showers for the northeast and pacific northwest. and rain and mountain snow over the rockies. >> temperatures warming up as two-thirds of the nation will be in the 70s and 80s. it's still chilly in the northern plains and mild on the west coast. ten u.s. military personnel will go to nigeria to help with logistics, intelligence and communications in the search for the kidnapped girls. now the government of nigeria offering a $300,000 reward for any leads. the search area is said to be about six times the size of yellowstone national park. former secretary of state hillary clinton is speaking out on the crisis in nigeria,
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partially blaming the government for not protecting its citizens. clinton is also talking tough about benghazi and the prospect of a new congressional investigation. with more, here's abc's john karl. >> reporter: this was a hillary clinton crowd. the talks centering on women and girls around the world, breaking glass ceilings. robin roberts turned the discussion to the highest glass ceiling of all. >> when i look at your twitter page, the last thing you list is saying you're a glass ceiling cracker. and no one feels it would be better to crack that glass ceiling than to have a woman as president. and many believe that should be you. [ applause ] >> well, i think we should crack it also. i am 100% in favor of that. but i have nothing further to say about -- >> we tried, right?
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>> reporter: but as hillary clinton steps closer to another presidential run, republicans preparing to launch a special congressional committee to investigate the attack on the u.s. consulate in benghazi, libya while she was secretary of state. >> there are a lot of reasons why, despite all of the hearings, all of the information that's been provided, some choose not to be satisfied and choose to continue to move forward. >> reporter: she also weighed in on the kidnapping of the schoolgirls in nigeria. >> it's criminal. it's an act of terrorism. and it really merits the fullest response possible, first and foremost from the government of nigeria. >> reporter: mrs. clinton had tough words for the government of nigeria, saying it's been derelict in protecting girls and boys generally, and in this case, has not accepted enough help from the united states. that is tougher talk towards the nigerian government than we have heard from president obama.
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jonathan karl, abc news, washington. >> and much more from clinton's interview with robin roberts later on "good morning america." a violent confrontation at a walmart in washington state has been captured on camera. a homeless woman at a walmart pulled a pair of scissors and jabbed the clerk. she then lunged at another worker and pulled out a fist full of the woman's hair. things got even more bizarre before police arrived. she started dancing and lifting up her dress. now to another wild incident, this one in houston near the scene of a murder. news cameras were rolling when a car came barreling through a crowd that gathered after a man was shot and killed. amazingly, no one was injured. the driver was the father of the accused shooter. he reportedly said that the
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victim's family was taunting him. a minnesota college student is in critical condition after falling from the back of a bus. 21-year-old dilan smith was seen hitching a ride on the bumper of a bus in mankato. moments after the bus made a turn, he fell off, suffering severe injuries. police are not sure if smith was trying to duck the fare or just looking for a thrill. a new wrinkle this morning over the ownership of the los angeles clippers. shelly sterling, the wife of donald sterling, says she's legally entitled to maintain ownership of that team. she's been co-owner since 1981. she says she'll fight to own the team outright. the nba's ban of her husband does not apply to her or the rest of her family. no comment yet from the league. as for the clippers themselves, they were in oklahoma city last night taking on the thunder in game two of their second round playoff series. newly crowned mvp kevin durant poured in a game high 32 points. and his teammates weren't too bad, either. the thunder roared past l.a. 112-101. that evens the series at a game apiece.
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also last night, indiana hosting washington in game two of their series. roy hibbert answered his critics, scoring 28 points in the previous he didn't score at all. indiana was down by two at halftime but won 86-82 and that series also one game each. all those teams will get it back tomorrow night. >> reena doing her sports hat there. nicely done. >> i'm clearly not so good at sports. >> you were great. zoo lovers in philadelphia have plenty to roar about these days because of a new attraction. >> it's called big cat crossing, for fairly obvious reasons. it's a protected path to which lions and other big cats can roam outside their usual habitats. >> it allows some freedom for the animals and allows the guests get closer to them. the zoo already has separated trails that wind through for larger apes and primaries. more trails are being planned. kind of cool, right? makes it a little better for
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them. >> it's like anything on zoos i'm all about, animals. >> it's about 100 yards long, about the size of a football field, and it goes into regular use starting on saturday. [ lion roars ] >> where is that? >> right under the desk. coming up, from tigers to puppies. the big push on social media to save a dog who just might win your heart. and angelina jolie opens up about her six kids, her sexy husband and something she'll never do again. and 51 years after the first james bond film hit movie screens, it's 007 time on the this throwback thursday. you don't want to miss this one. ♪ zblaup. >> announcer: "world news now" weather brought to you by cascade complete. then how is that a bargain? [ sighs ] no, that's too many --
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♪ welcome back. welcome back. some dramatic dash cam video in houston, texas is showing the moment a police cruiser went up in flames. authorities say corporal donald clawson responded to a call for backup and as soon as he got out of his car, smoke started creeping out from under the hoot within seconds. flames started shooting out and the car was a total loss. it's still not clear what sparked that fire. and an oil company employee has been killed by a bear in canada. the attack took place in alberta, north of ft. mcmurray. the female employee died at the scene. the bear was later killed. experts say such attacks are extremely rare. a heart stopping encounter for a film crew off the coast of
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a south african coast here. a shark popped out of the water and started taking bites out of their inflatable boat, tearing through the rubber. fortunately for the crew, the great white swam away before they started to sink, so no one was hurt. >> that is creepy. all right. earlier we told you about the big cats at the zoo in philadelphia, now a very special dog. and he's what makes this our favorite story of the day. >> his name is hudson. he's here in new york city. and was born blind. that's not good, especially when hudson was supposed to grow up to be a guide dog. there were plenty of plans to put him down. >> but an online campaign to save his life went viral and hundreds of people said they would love to adopt him. soon hudson will have his forever home. isn't that great? >> totally cute. >> he's doing fine, despite bumping into some of those walls which you just saw. puppies rely more on their sense of smell than their sight to get around. so hopefully he'll be just fine.
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>> it's so funny he was supposed to be a seeing eye dog. >> is that technically ironic? i don't know what that is. but amazing and he's going to need some help, too. >> oh, so cute. look at that. >> he's not going to have any trouble getting adopted. i'm sure of that. >> no. coming up, a movie milestone on this throwback thursday. >> we're marking the day that james bond came to american theaters with a reenactment of our own. i'm nervous about this one. don't go anywhere. you're watching "world news now."
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♪ ♪ james? >> muller, john muller. not bad, huh? throwback thursday. we're feeling good today. we pay tribute to the man, the icon, the legend, bond, james bond. >> the reason? it was 51 years ago that the very first james bond film hit theaters here in the united states. >> my name is bond, james bond. my instructions were implicit. i was to leave for jamaica in two hours, license to kill. >> the year 1963, the mission
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introduced american moviegoers to a secret agent who liked his martinis shaken, not stirred, his cars fast, his women beautiful and dangerous. >> bond was played by sean connery. and a so-called bond girl was honey rider. her name is a double entendre and her voice isn't even hers. she had a heavy swiss actress, so a voice actress read her lines and was dubbed into the film. this scene was voted number one in the 100 greatest sexiest moments by fans in the uk. there may have been many incarnations of james bond. but the very first one actually appeared on the small screen. >> in 1954, ian flemming was paid $1,000 to make his royal casino into a one-hour adventure. in this version, bond became an american and was called jimmy. >> but the first actor to bring bond to the big screen sean
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connery. he starred in six films until 1972. >> next up, george lazenby who starred in the 1969 bond movie, and he quit after one film. >> roger moore who starred in seven bond movies. from 1973 to 1985. he was also the oldest actor to portray bond. he was 45 when he was cast in "live and let die." >> timothy dalton starred in two bond films in 1987 and 1989. he channeled a more ruthless bond like the kind found in the more original novels. >> and fans had to wait another six years for the next bond movie. and this time it was piers brosnan who took over the role. he starred in four movies starting in 1995 and ending with "die another day" in 2002. >> and the current james bond, daniel craig. he has three bond films under his belt with 2006 "casino royal
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royale." >> bond is known for his marksmanship as with his way with women. he's killed 366 people and slept with 55 women. >> i don't like to brag. the stunt with the asten martin broke the world record for most barrel rolls assisted by a cannon. the car completed seven full rolls. >> and from the spy who loved me, the actor who played jaws could only keep those teeth in for about 30 seconds at a time. the chain he bit threw in this scene was made of licorice. >> that was a good scene. bond could be helped along the way by some cool toys. >> like this little ride in "the spy who loved me." it has a unique feature, it can convert into a submarine. pretty handy. >> got to get me one of those. he's also sort of super human and really lucky. he fights a bad guy 200 feet up, throws the gun at bond. bond catches it, throws it back. a fight ebb sues and bond prevails.
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kind of enjoyed this bond thing. if i was doing bond, i would make you a bond girl. >> probably the only time in my life someone would think of me as a bond girl, james -- i mean, john. we had a lot of fun. we'll be right back. >> oh, james.
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♪ ♪ all right, back out of my tux, back among the regular folk to bring you a story about one of the biggest movie stars of our generation. not me or the bond girl sitting next to me. >> we're talking about angelina jolie. she's opening up about a very personal part of her life. she's talking about love and family. >> reporter: in her upcoming film, angelina jolie is transformed into the severe and
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divinely devious "malicofent." but in next month's issue of "elle" she appears relaxed and down to earth for the cover story. modeling in a striking black and white fashion feature. she also opens up about mothering six kids, life with brad pitt, and even wedding plans. >> she's really a woman in full right now. she's very devoted to her family, her six children, and to her work. >> reporter: it is a life that jolie says she never expected for herself. having come from a broken home, you kind of accept that certain things feel like a fairy tale and you just don't look for them. about the evolution of her eight-year relationship with brad pitt, you challenge each other, you complement each other, drive each other beautifully crazy. after all these years, we have history. when you have history with somebody, you're friends in such a very real, deep way. even though she hasn't appeared on the silver screen since 2010, another actress is getting a lot of attention.
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vivienne jolie pitt. they needed a child who wouldn't be fazed by the mistress of all evil. hissing, i don't like children in her face. and in my little vivienne, we call her my shadow, because there's nothing i can to shake her. the movie includes cameos by two of her other children. something that is unlikely to happen again. brad and i were so stressed we never wanted to do it again. she's living a life in full, on reporting for abc news, new york. >> that looks pretty cool. family affair there. >> i would totally watch it. i've been wanting to see this movie. >> produced by disney, and the new issue of "elle" is on newsstands may 20. >> got to watch. >> that's what's making news this half hour. remember to follow us on facebook at wnnfans.com. >> we'll see you soon.
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this morning on "world news now," hopeless and angry. the frustration in an african nation where hundreds of schoolgirls were kidnapped 23 days ago. >> it's happening more and more and more. if you want to stop it, then we have to speak. >> will a $300,000 reward help locate the girls and their kidnappers? up in flames. a mansion owned by a tennis star burns down. was this huge fire intentionally set to cover up a murder mystery? and bikini baristas. serving up coffee with extra eye candy to a profitable group. you have tooutgoing to be those customers. who else is demanding they
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cover-up or else? >> announcer: from abc news, this is "world news now." >> good morning. i'm reena ninan in for diana perez. >> and i'm john muller. good to have you here, reena. >> good to be here. >> welcome back. always a pleasure. >> thank you. the government in nigeria offering a $300,000 reward for any help in finding the missing girls. >> even with the reward, locating the missing girls is a daunting task. abc reports from nigeria. >> reporter: this is the moment families returned to the scorched school where their daughters were taken. the anguished cries tell a story of lost hope. this man says he wants the world to know we don't feel nigeria can help get our daughters back. after the kidnapping, frustration and anger here is
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simmering. amid reports of fresh attacks by boko haram, killing hundreds of people, police offered a reward $300,000 for any information leading to the girl's rescue. do you think that your government is doing everything that can be done? >> no, we don't think so. that's why we're doing what we're doing. that's what we're doing our protests. >> reporter: this may be a tiny group, but they have sparked a genuinely global movement to bring back these girls. they know as well as anyone how difficult that task will be. adding to growing international support, a team of some ten u.s. military personnel arrives in the coming days. specialists in logistics and intelligence. the challenge for nigeria is enormous.
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the search will focus here, the sambisa forest where it's thought the girls were taken. remote, rugged wilderness, more than six times the size of yellowstone national park. >> i think the one thing that's almost certain is that the young girls are no longer together. they are probably disbursed in small groups or some possibly as individuals. >> reporter: some are possibly out of the country, sold into slavery. it's what happened to this young woman in the shadows. she says she was taken last year and held for three months, forced to sleep in caves, she thought death was certain. young girls know the right to education is a global one. >> this will spread. this will happen more and more and more. if you want to stop it, then you have to speak. >> reporter: speak and act. the pressure is now on nigeria's government to do just that. reporting for abc news, abuja, nigeria. >> the kidnappers, they released that video bragging they've got these girls. they wanted attention. they've got it.
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you get the feeling they got more than they bargained for with this one. the eyes of the world are on them. >> absolutely. we're talking about more than 270 girls here. wednesday, britain and china announced they will offer help. other countries, including france, are sending a team. search and rescue for these girls. a lot of other nations are getting involved in this. >> let's hope that the local government there steps up, as well. just a horrible story. former secretary of state hillary clinton is speaking out about those missing girls. clinton blames the nigerian government for not doing enough to protect its citizens. she spoke exclusively to abc's robin roberts. >> the seizure of these young women by this radical extremist group, boko haram, is abominable, it's criminal, it's an act of terrorism, and it really merits the fullest response possible, first and foremost from the government of nigeria. >> first lady michelle obama added her voice to the demands for urgent action saying it's
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time to bring back our girls. you'll hear much more from robin roberts with her interview with hillary clinton. including her political plans and the benghazi investigation. that's all coming up later on "good morning america." the mystery is deepening after a suspicious house fire that police now say appears to be arson and murder. the 6,000 square foot mansion in tampa went up in flames yesterday morning. it's owned by tennis pro james blake who has been leasing it to a family for nearly two years. the charred bodies of two adults and two teenagers were found in the debris and the police say two of them appear to have upper body trauma not consistent with the fire. >> we have confirmed that there were also various fireworks, small commercial type fireworks throughout the residence. we also have confirmed that the fire was started intentionally by an unknown accelerant. >> it is not known of the four bodies are of those renting the home. police say it will take several
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days to make a positive identification. a federal judge considering tsarnaev's new motions will be in court after suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. the federal judge will declare this unconstitutional. a day in court for the man accused of a hoax bomb on the anniversary of the marathon attack. 25-year-old kevin edison wept as the judge found him mentally competent to stand trial. he's charged with placing a backpack with a rice cooker near the finish line. his mom says he suffers from bipolar disorder. he's due back in court next month. until then he must wear a tracking device and remain on medication. we are hearing for the first time of one of those acrobats injured during a circus performance on saturday. lindsay janice tells us what it was like to live that fall. >> reporter: 23-year-old
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samantha was living her dream, soaring high under the big top, suspended only by her hair. >> we all love doing it. it's a really fun act to perform, very unique, beautiful act. >> reporter: but sunday, something went terribly wrong. >> curtain falls, we start doing our first little routine and about three seconds in, hear a huge crack and they just plummeted to the ground. it was really fast. i landed on my butt and elbows. i was still conscious, breathing really hard. it was really hard to catch my breathe because of the accident. >> reporter: the accident is bringing new attention to what is an ancient act. this shows how they tie incredible braids and knots around the steel rings that suspend them three stories above the ground. samantha, who went to circus camp as a teen and later became a clown, says being chosen for the hair act was an honor.
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though painful on the scalp, a single head of hair can support the equivalent of two elephants. sunday it wasn't the hair that failed uh but the metal hooks that held the chandelier. seven of the young women remain hospitalized. two with critical spinal cord trauma. samantha was lucky, suffering just minor injuries. >> i hope eventually some day i'm able to hang by my hair again. >> lindsey janice, abc news, new york. big change coming to the way fedex charges to ship things, the headline being size matters. starting january the company says they will charge according to size, not its weight. it's expected to generate hundreds of millions in cost. they will be picked up by consumers or both. the question is, will fedex follow suit? it's the end of an era for a magazine read by millions over the past sex decades. "jet" magazine is halting its
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original print and switching to a digital only format. the weekly digest for african-americans will only be access able through an app that would include breaking news and video clips. >> very difficult decision but a decision that keeps the brand alive, a decision we think brings us closer to the consumer in that next level of how you tell a story. >> since it was first published in 1951, "jet" has covered everything from the civil rights movement to celebrity news. the magazine will continue to print a special annual edition. an incredible accomplishment to tell you about. the two rowers you see there arrived in miami yesterday. they rowed there all the way from, get this, morocco. >> they're both south african and they are the first people to ever row from the mainland africa to mainland north america. that's 5,281 miles. >> that's crazy. they started rowing december 30.
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they finished 105 days later. they said they had sharks, whales and dolphins swimming alongside. >> i couldn't do it. >> 5,000 miles? >> i do 45 minutes on the treadmill. >> that's about 20 more than i do. coming up in "the mix," the last place you would expect to find a water slide that's turning a busy street into an amusement park. >> and the coffee shop customers are looking for some extra sugar. who is demanding a cover up? you're watching "world news now." ♪ >> announcer: "world news now" brought to you by air wick scented oil. uh-huh! anytime you want it.
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♪ for a growing number of athletes, the old 5k is not challenging enough these days. instead they're taking part in extreme parts. >> but many weekend warriors don't realize the risks. abc's ryan smith has the story. >> reporter: it's called tough
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mudder, a competition with 35 events a year, and thousands of runners at each event, subjecting them to an obstacle course several miles long that includes freezing water, electric shock and plenty of mud. the mother of a 28-year-old filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the company including a corporate sponsor arguing that tough mudder "acting with gross negligence and with indifference to the safety of its participants." and had "improper staffing next to the pool of muddy water." in april of 2013, sangupta died after participating in a tough mudder event in west virginia. after jumping from an obstacle called walk the plank. you can see him jump into the water and others jump after him. but sangupta never emerged. >> sangupta was under water between 8 and 11 minutes and by
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that time, the trauma that had been done to him under water was too severe. >> reporter: is there real danger in these extreme obstacle sports? some experts say absolutely. >> you can't prepare for many of the obstacles. that lack of training makes you more vulnerable. >> reporter: tough mudder and general mills declined to comment on the lawsuit but in a statement tough mudder said the event "was staffed with more than 75 als, emt, paramedics, water rescue technicians and emergency personnel and was the first fatality in three-year history with the company. ryan smith, abc news, new york. >> i want to hear more about the electro shock thing. what in the world was that? you get shocked while you're doing all that? it's not hard enough? >> why do people do this? the cdc says that these types of competitions take place in farmland, so you're exposed to fecally contaminated water. they call that slurry. potentially serious diseases can result if you ingest it. >> i think maybe the treadmill is the way to go. >> with your ipod. huh?
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>> hi. >> reporter: choose your cliches. this is where soft porn means soy lattes. what are you selling here exactly? >> coffee. >> reporter: just coffee? zh some coffee with a pretty smile and some booty action. >> reporter: talking with a baristas with only pasties may seem weird until you realize this is the land of the so-called bikini barista. >> you have to be outgoing for this kind of thing. you can't be shy. >> thank you guys for coming. >> reporter: to say not everyone is thrilled with the idea of some half-naked 20-somethings is an understatement. >> it's good to tell people look, you can't just avoid it. that sounds really nice in theory, but you can't just drive down other streets. these are all of the major streets in spokane. >> reporter: meet these two, new moms in a growing army trying to change spokane's indecent exposure laws to force
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the baristas to get dressed. >> we feel really strongly about the issue. anything that has to do with our children and protecting what they're exposed to. >> reporter: outside seattle, the mom's worst fears came true when undercover police sting revealed women bearing all for extra cash. similar activity that stands in the area led to a new law just this year, restricting the use of pasties and tape instead of bikinis. >> this is our city and we should have the right to choose what we will or will not allow. >> reporter: the moms say they're determined to force a crackdown to make the knowing exposure of designated body parts in a public place without full covering unlawful. when similar complaints bottled over in oregon, the boss there voluntarily backed down. >> i've done this without effort to reduce tension without restructuring my entire business plan. just according to a small
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group's belief on morality. >> reporter: meanwhile, there's a new front. make that chest in this campaign. >> welcome to hot cup of joe. >> reporter: former male stripper chris mullins opened the first topless men's coffee stand. >> obviously we're not going to show off anything nude. everybody would be raising a stink about bikini stands. i was like, well, being i was a stripper at one point, this would be fun. >> reporter: forget about what tastes better. tonight the coffee war being fought is over what's tasteful. i'm neal karlinsky for "nightline" in spokane, washington. >> can't make this stuff up. >> oh, my goodness. >> i swear, it's about the coffee. yeah, i don't care -- >> it's not the boobs. >> it's the coffee. if the coffee happens to be fantastic -- >> male or female, topless or not.
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and now it's time for "the mi and now it's time for "the mix." this may be the most creative use that every child would want to have. a man turns a giant water slide on a busy street in england. it's pretty impressive. it's like slip and slide. he decides it's an initiative called makeshift special. he had so many people interested in doing this, over 1,000 applicants who were so interested that not everybody could do it. look at it. >> did you get a slip and slide for your kids yet? >> i have not. i think it's a little too dangerous. >> i tried it at an age but i'm thought going to say. it's a little scary doing a belly flop on the grass when you get to be 35. >> maybe i'll tell them to start when they're 35.
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this is such a great sort of zeitgeist story. this man wants to meet all his facebook friends, 377. he's on a mission to meet them in real life. some of them he knows, some of them he lost touch with, some he vaguely knew and some of them he doesn't know at all. he is going to make a mission of meeting these 377 facebook friends. this is 35-year-old mike mclaughlin, an army vet. this could be a great story. >> a good documentary. you're right. >> absolutely. i don't know why we didn't think of this. he started on the 1st and rented a vw beetle and is on his way. >> love to see that. so game of thrones, the theme song, you have to listen to this. it's a man who plays the song with wine glasses, pots and pans. take a listen. ♪ >> isn't that incredible? it was covered by the new york philharmonic orchestra.
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it is a cat, yes, a cat. it's become a huge youtube sensation. kind of cool, huh? >> has some talent. definitely good. here's a little proof that you don't need words necessarily to communicate. that some things just transcend all boundaries of language and culture. rock, paper, and scissors. >> look at that. >> right? the game has the potential to bring total strangers together. this is what happened for two unlikely friends in japan. it is posted on youtube, it is going viral. you don't need words to always connect. a man named louis posted this on youtube with the following description, rock, paper and scissors with a young japanese girl on a train between tokyo and osaka. >> she's adorable. look at her. >> i suppose she's american. having a good ole time. maybe this would work in diplomacy when it gets bad. have putin and obama play a
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this morning on "world news this morning on "world news now," nigeria's nightmare. new inside information about the kidnapped girls, who's offering a big reward and who's demanding action. running for cover. the gunfire and close calls in ukraine. the turmoil and violence as russia pushes for peace. tough talk. veteran actress valerie harper takes her fight for life to capitol hill. her big demands as she fights cancer. and michelle obama, her appearance last night on the hit abc show "nashville." her star power and special message that's in "the skinny" on this thursday, may 8. >> announcer: from abc news, this is "world news now." >> good morning. i'm reena ninan in for diana perez. >> i'm john muller. good to have you here, reena. >> nice to be here. >> always a pleasure.
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let's begin with that mounting international pressure on the government of nigeria to find those kidnapped girls. >> there's growing anger that the government did not do enough to protect its citizens. with more, here's abc's devin dwyer. >> reporter: at the scene of the mass kidnapping, overwhelming grief. families of some of the nearly 300 missing nigerian girls returned to the school where their daughters were taken three weeks ago. with their desperation, mounting anger. one parent spoke to abc. >> reporter: do you think that your government is doing everything that can be done? >> no, we don't think so. >> reporter: police offered a $300,000 reward for leads on the girl's location. but the challenge for nigeria's security forces is enormous. the area where it's thought the girls were taken is rugged and vast. more than six times the size of yellowstone national park. >> i think the one thing that's almost certain is that the young girls are no longer together.
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they almost certainly are disbursed in small groups or even individuals. >> reporter: american help with the search is on the way. the u.s. sending a team on experts on hostage negotiations communications and intelligence. meanwhile, high profile figures around the world are ratcheting up pressure on nigeria's government. former secretary of state hillary clinton weighed in. >> it's criminal. it's an act of terrorism. and it really merits the fullest response possible. first and foremost from the government of nigeria. >> reporter: first lady michelle obama added her voice to demands for urgent action saying it's time to bring back our girls. the islamic militants behind the kidnapping continue their reign of violence in nigeria. gunman affiliated with boko haram opened fire in a market place, killing hundreds of people. devin dwyer, abc news, los angeles. >> despite our efforts to send people over there, the pentagon
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has no plans to do any military efforts to help nigeria in this case. >> in fact, a pentagon spokesperson saying fewer than ten troops are being sent to help with intelligence and communications. there are already about 90 american military personnel in nigeria, including marines assigned to the embassy. what's so hard, you are at the mercy of these governments. if suddenly the nigerian government decides they don't want the help, that's it. >> but they're saying they want it. clearly there is a lot of pressure on the nigerian government to take care of business now and in the future to have more security to prevent these things from happening in the first place. there's a lot of criticism from nigeria about their government. in colorado, an extreme weather whiplash fueled by a heat wave colliding with a cold front. this played out in the eastern plains. the national weather service says at least two tornadoes, possibly three, touched down northeast of denver. there were no reports of damage or injuries. and in other parts of colorado hit with golf ball size hail driven by wind gusts up to 70 miles and piling on the ground up to three inches deep.
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parts of kansas, texas and minnesota saw hail the size of baseballs. and that line of weather is being blamed for a train derailment in kansas, some 30 cars knocked off the tracks by winds up to 90 miles per hour. fire officials say luckily the cars weren't carrying any chemicals. now here's a look at today's weather. the northeast will see scattered rain showers. more severe weather for much of the midwest. high winds, heavy rains and even tornadoes. from the great lakes to the gulf of mexico, rain and mountain snow will fall across wyoming down into new mexico. rain for the pacific northwest. >> temperatures warming up as two-thirds of the nation is in the 70s and 80s. but it is still chilly in the northern plains. mild on the west coast. president obama has visited the arkansas community hard hit by a powerful tornado more than a week ago. mr. obama walked through a neighborhood in vilonia. that's a small city about 30 miles north of little rock. 15 people were killed across the state. hundreds of homes were destroyed.
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and the president traveled to los angeles where he was honored by the foundation there. a star-studded dinner. steven spielberg presented the president an award for his support of holocaust victims. that foundation records interviews with those who survived the holocaust and other genocides. the head of syria's opposition movement is in washington today telling "the new york times" he intends to ask president obama's administration for anti-aircraft missiles. this comes as hundreds of exhausted syrian rebels withdrew from their last remaining strongholds in the heart of homes, surrendering to president bashir assad. russian president putin is softening his tone on ukraine. but there's no sign his words are bringing change on the ground. muhammad leila shows us that and in some places the growing chaos. >> reporter: the crowd was angry. pro-russian mobs staring down these men in black. ukrainian troops guarding a prison. >> they holding them over there.
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>> reporter: inside, innocent detainees this woman tells us. suddenly, chaos. the angry crowd storms the gate. the ukrainian troops open fire. [ gunfire ] unarmed bystanders run for cover. others crawl for safety. we're right here in a safe position where we can monitor. [ gunshot ] as we zoom in with our camera, what you don't see is a sniper to the side aiming his rifle right at us. this is what happens next. [ gunshot ] the terrifying moment caught on camera. the shot going just above our heads. in the end, the ukrainian troops rescue their comrades and then leave. when vladamir putin says he wants peace, there's only fear and fights like this one on the ground as this country slowly tears itself apart. muhammad leila, abc news, eastern ukraine. >> our thanks to muhammad.
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in washington, the house has voted for a former irs officer in contempt, lois lerner took the fifth on how the irs targeted tea party and conservative groups. she has since retired from the irs. federal agents are continuing their crackdown on the synthetic drug market. agents fanned out across 30 states yesterday arresting 150 people, serving 200 warrants and seizing more than $20 million. profits from the sale of the synthetic drugs like spice and mali have been tracked to the middle east. the d.e.a. is worried that the money is funding terrorist groups. >> when one smoke shop, one drug shop in alabama can send $30 to $40 million to yemen, that gives us a great deal of concern. >> yesterday, it was the second phase of a national crackdown, the largest single operation was a statewide effort in alabama.
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lawmakers in colorado have approved the nation's first-ever marijuana banking system. pot has long been a cash-only business. growers and sellers routinely rejected by banks. now state lawmakers have approved banking co-ops to give growers and sellers a safe place to park their crash. and will help the state better track sales and collect taxes. in our health headlines this morning, a brew or two may actually help women avoid rheumatoid arthritis. this is a new study by harvard. it suggests two to four beers a week can cut women's odds for the disease by 31%. the study tracked more than 200,000 women who drank for nearly 30 years over that period. the authors say they can't explain how and why beer would reduce the arthritis risk. interesting. tip back a brew every now and then? >> not a big fan. >> you have arthritis? >> no. >> good. >> possibly at some point. >> there you go. >> it was like the wild wild
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west yesterday in sacramento, california. that's because a cow was on the loose. you see it there, running around and stirring up trouble. >> a guy on an atv couldn't stop the belligerent bovine, so they went traditional. >> who better to control a cow than a cowboy on horseback with a real lasso. he did what cowboys do best. they got in the trailer, that was that. >> that's awesome. just send in the cowboy, right? >> it's the real deal. real-life cowboy. >> old school on that one. the animal was on the loose for more than four hours. >> four hours. could be dangerous. >> i'm sure he had some fun. fortunately no one was hurt. coming up in "the skinny," kim kardashian is not all that shy when it comes to revealing her wedding plans. and later, a dirty diet secret from an actress. would you consume clay to look and make you feel better?
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♪ actress valerie harper is a fighter. first she took on hollywood and achieved amazing success.
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then she tackled cancer. >> now she's taking on congress. harper appeared on capitol hill to argue for more research into lung cancer. jim avila has the story. >> reporter: the senate headliner, valerie harper, tv's "rhoda" and to a younger generation, a brave cancer survivor on "dancing with the stars." that fighting spirit on display, harper delivering the hard facts about the lung cancer she suffers from. >> lung cancer is the number one cancer killer in the united states among both women and men. >> reporter: in fact, an estimated 160,000 americans will die from lung cancer this year. more than prostate, breast and colon cancers combined. and while nearly 90% of breast and prostate cancer victims survive, lung cancer victims have only a 17% survival rate. still, lung cancer research is woefully underfunded.
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the u.s. now spending three times the research dollars on breast cancer than it does on cancer of the lung. >> wait a minute, this is the biggest killer and it has the least funding. >> reporter: harper says it's the social stigma of smoking that hinders progress in defeating lung cancer. but the other hard fact is that 15% of those diagnosed with lung cancer never smoked. >> i never smoked, my mother never smoked, she had the same kind of cancer. >> reporter: cancer has spread to her brain and harper was given three to six months to live nearly a year and a half ago. now every day is a gift, fighting for lung cancer funding and she says refusing to go to her funeral until she dies. jim avila, abc news, capitol hill. >> i love that line. refusing to go to her funeral. >> unbelievable. amazing, strong woman. >> she takes regular medication, that her husband makes sure that she takes. she does some acupuncture. she also does body scans twice a year just to have things checked out. because cancer can just spread.
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>> she just stays engaged. >> she stays engaged. i love that line, refuses to -- >> her 75th birthday is in august and she's determined to make it to that milestone. >> i think she looks terrific. >> she is terrific. up next, michelle obama makes an appearance on a popular tv show with a very important message. and sister christina, the italian version of "the voice" hits another high note. "the skinny" is up next. >> announcer: "world news now"
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♪ skinny, so skinny ♪ topping our "skinny" headlines this morning, a firs ♪ topping our "skinny" headlines this morning, a first for the first lady. >> michelle obama took a detour from the washington beltway to the hollywood freeway, without apparently ever leaving the white house. the first lady appeared as herself on abc's hit show "nashville" on a jumbo tron during a benefit concert for veterans. >> thank you so much rena and luke. and thank you for including me today. on behalf of myself and my husband, i want to extend our deepest gratitude to all the servicemen and women watching at ft. campbell and around the world and to your families who share in your sacrifice. >> the show's creator says that mrs. obama jumped at the chance to send her message to veterans and their families to primetime television. and added working with the first lady was a memorable experience. good for her. >> there was a cause. that's the reason she did it.
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new tidbits on one of the most talked about upcoming weddings of the year. >> we're learning more about kim kardashian and kanye west's plan to tie the knot in an intimate ceremony. attended only by their closest friends and family. sources saying that stepdad bruce jenner will give the bride away and that the top secret nuptials will take place somewhere in france. >> she shot down rumors that the wedding will be filmed on "keeping up with the kardashians." she tweeted that privacy was their main priority. we shall see. >> oh, come on. >> i'm with you on that one. i think we're going to see plenty of that wedding sooner or later. >> i agree. the stork has made a couple of high profile visits. bruce willis and his wife emma have welcomed their second little child.
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>> the couple already has a 2-year-old daughter and of course, willis has three children with his ex-wife demi moore. >> congrats to them. check out this birth announcement, the caption reads welcome, jackson wyatt, 7 pounds, 11 ounces, 5-7-14. >> cavilari and bears quarterback jay cutler have a 19-month-old at home. oh, my goodness. sleepless nights. congratulations to those parents. >> diana knows all about that. >> i was just saying, two. >> yes. sister christina has done it again. the roman catholic nun who was tearing it up on the italian version of "the voice" turned in
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another stellar performance. >> this time she sang "bathed in a heavenly glow" and then she sang "what a feeling" the song from "flashdance." you see her there, surrounded by dancer, who were dressed as monks but kicked it up a few notches. ♪ >> i love it. that's too awesome. >> it's real. sister christina keeps advancing. her first appearance on the show has been viewed on youtube nearly 50 million times. >> she's got to win. i'm rooting for her. >> she's got to be in the finals. that's for sure. let's move on to oprah. she's 60 and urging fans to embrace their age. >> her call to age brilliantly comes in the new "o" magazine featuring oprah. the cover looking great in a full-length red gown and heels. >> on the back cover is oprah from behind with the line, no looking back. she says, quote, if you're blessed enough to grow older, there's so much wisdom to be gained from the process, vigor and grace. >> amen. >> good to remember. time to see which celebs are
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celebrating their birthdays. don rickles is 88 years old. >> and alex van halen is 61. >> melissa gilbert is 50 today. >> and ricky is 39. happy birthday. and so dll, an identity thief who stole mary's identity, took over her bank accounts, and stole her hard-earned money. unfortunately, millions of americans just like you learn all it may take is a little misplaced information to wreak havoc on your life. this is identity theft. and no one helps stop it better than lifelock. lifelock offers the most comprehensive identity theft protection available. if mary had lifelock's bank account alerts, she may have been notified before it was too late. lifelock's credit notification service is on the job 24/7. as soon as they detect a threat to your identity within their network, they will alert you, protecting you before the damage is done. lifelock has the most comprehensive identity theft protection available, guarding your social security number, your money,
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it's a flower. air wick. the craft of fragrance. ♪ so what shanely woodly has cooking is something very different than what's usually on my dinner table. clay. that's right. clay. >> clay. she claims it's the key to good health. abc's juju chang explains. >> it's real. >> reporter: shanely woodly is enjoying a career high, playing a fierce and feisty action hero who is considered divergent for being an independent thinker. so perhaps it's fitting that she's making waves for revealing
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what she claims is her secret to staying healthy. >> you eat clay? >> i do eat clay, yeah. >> reporter: admitting to david letterman a truly all natural approach to her diet. >> clay binds to other material in your body and helps your body excrete those materials. that are not necessarily the best for you. >> reporter: but even she jokes about how up conventional the idea seems. >> i make my toothpaste out of
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it. so i get my clay when -- >> so you brush your teeth with clay. >> yes. >> now that's not a problem. >> reporter: it's not unheard of. eating clay is a tradition practiced all over the world and some doctors say consuming it in moderation may help with digestive issues and anemia. >> it's called geophasia. pregnant women in africa will frequently eat clay both to soothe their stomach as well as to get nutrients. >> reporter: this isn't something you dig up in your backyards. many companies specialize in creating a safe and edible product. but some medical professionals worry about the potential harm to the body. >> even if it's been processed to be acceptable, it is still clay. it is still dirt from the ground. can you consistently ensure that the safety is there? >> reporter: but woodly isn't the only one giving the delicacy
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making news in america this morning -- severe weather. more tornadoes, damaging hail and a powerful storm that caused a train to derail. who is in the crosshairs today? desperate search. this morning, the rally cry to bring hundreds of kidnapped girls home. it's spreading with messages from celebrities and the first lady. caught on camera. a murder scene packed with people and police. but it's what happened after the crime that's even more wild. and forget the bigger boat. these guys are going to need one that's not inflatable. good thursday morning to you. we begin with another round of severe weather hammering the

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